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Rule of Thirds

Posted: December 26, 2014 in PHOTOGRAPHY, RULE OF THIRDS, TUTORIAL

The Rule of Thirds
A Post By Nikolaos Douralas

In Photography composition, one of the most important and most well known principle is the “RULE OF THIRDS”.

The Rule Of Thirds is the basis of creating a well balanced and interesting photography .

The rule of thirds is a “rule of thumb” or guideline which applies to the process of composing visual images such as designs, films, paintings, and photographs. The guideline proposes that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections. Proponents of the technique claim that aligning a subject with these points creates more tension, energy and interest in the composition than simply centering the subject.

When you are capturing an image you should have done this in your mind through your viewfinder or in the LCD display that you use to frame your shot.

With this grid in mind the ‘rule of thirds’ now identifies four important parts of the image that you should consider placing points of interest in, as you frame your image.

Also it provides you four ‘guiding lines’ that are also useful positions for elements in your photo.

 By placing POI (Points Of Interest) over these intersections or along these guiding lines you make your picture more balanced.You make also easier for the viewer (and more natural) to follow these POI.

For example in the image above the cat which is the main subject of this capture is placed in the lower left interception.

In this photo the EVZONE is placed over one of the guiding lines,If I had placed him in the center He wouldnt have made such an impact. Also the writing on the wall of the monument is placed over another guiding line and also over an intercepion point.

Here is another example of using the intercption ponts (A:The Factory in the back, B:The cabin of the boat) and the guiding lines .

For some people this rule comes all naturally, to many other needs to be worked on.If you have this simple rule in your mind you will improve and make your images more balanced and powerfull.

Always ask yourself in this image which are the POI?Where should I be placing them?

Also have in mind that in post processing you might be able with correct cropping to apply these rules.